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THE State Government has closed the shutters on details of recruitment at Queensland Rail, while refusing to release a log of planning issues identified by Commonwealth Games bosses, in another blow for transparency on George Street.
The moves have further sparked criticism of a “culture of cover-ups” after the Government on Wednesday released a heavily censored review into youth detention.
QR confirmed this month that just 15 of its targeted 200 driver recruits had finished training.
However its media manager last week refused to reveal the comparable guard figure, saying it had “nothing further to add on the guards at the moment but we will be doing regular updates and next time we do I’ll let you know”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (second from left) and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones swat away the hard questions while Ben Ward, 16, does some heavy lifting. Picture: Nigel HallettTransport Minister Jackie Trad’s office also said the Government would only provide regular recruitment updates.
The news comes as a detailed log of planning issues identified by Commonwealth Games chiefs in London is being kept secret despite Games boss Peter Beattie assuring it had “nothing to hide.”
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls questioned the move.
He accused the Government of “cobbling together” this month’s announcement by Games Minister Kate Jones to tackle traffic on the Pacific Motorway.
“All we have so far is a media release,” he said of the announcement.
“It really is a case where it seems the wheels have been spinning, there is no traction and nothing concrete has been done.”
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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